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Most Detailed Observations of Material Orbiting close to a Black Hole

31 Oct 2018, 09:00 UTC
Most Detailed Observations of Material Orbiting close to a Black Hole ESO/Gravity Consortium/L. Calçada

ESO’s exquisitely sensitive GRAVITY instrument has added further evidence to the long-standing assumption that a supermassive black hole lurks in the centre of the Milky Way. New observations show clumps of gas swirling around at about 30% of the speed of light on a circular orbit just outside its event horizon — the first time material has been observed orbiting close to the point of no return, and the most detailed observations yet of material orbiting this close to a black hole.

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